View Poll Results: How do you document your Airstream restoration?
Airforums 6 17.14%
Blog 2 5.71%
Website (non-blog format) 3 8.57%
Airforums and Blog/Website 6 17.14%
Other (please specify) 12 34.29%
I don't document my restoration 6 17.14%
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:34 PM   #15
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A very small amount of my restoration process has been made public. I've found that most curious minds are not interested in the details (unless they are trying to figure out how to do something themselves).

Other then what has already been mentioned earlier in this thread, I have handpicked about 60 pictures for show-and-tell, and will most likely carry a photo album (conversation starter stuff) in the Airstream.

Without the pictures, most people just don’t seem to understand the magnitude of work that’s been done. They must think I’m crazy . . .
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:51 PM   #16
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... Mine has no ads except for the links I provide regarding where to obtain the featured products I've happily purchased during my restoration...
Ya know, I never visited your blog before due to my pre-conceived thoughts about what I would find.

I'm really surprised! You're, like OLD, dude! - You're my age!

I think I will spend some time 'splorin' your blog; Looks like a cool site.

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Old 03-26-2008, 07:40 PM   #17
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Since I appear to be the first person to vote "Website (non-blog format)", here's a link to the site for those who have not seen it:

1967 Airstream Overlander

Blogs are all the rage nowadays, but every single one I have seen is littered with advertising messages which annoy me.

Although my web site encourages visitors to subscribe to Airstream Life, there is no advertising. I need to post a prominent link to theVAP.com, but can't seem to remember when I have the time.

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Tom...great website! I love the part about the "guard dog" and the "color coordination"! Too funny!
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:22 PM   #18
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Ya know, I never visited your blog before due to my pre-conceived thoughts about what I would find.

I'm really surprised! You're, like OLD, dude! - You're my age!
Hey Tom, you're forgetting that we are talking Airstream... you and I are just youngsters. LOL!

I'm glad you'll be checking out my blog... I'm gonna have to start posting more regularly. Now that the snow has finally melted the work will begin again.

In the spirit of this thread... I have to say your website was one of my first looks at what I was going to be in for...thanks
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:16 AM   #19
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I use the blog format too. I update it every few days so that the readers stay interested and try to post photos to demonstrate what I have done. I make it a point to show all my mistakes too. I find that it helps people learn what not to do as well as how to succeed. The response to my blog has been very positive and I hope I can keep it going in a direction that inspires others. I, like Steve, have zero advertising on my blog, and plan to keep it that way. I had originally wanted to use the forum as a documentation, but due to the heavy handed censorship I personally experience, I chose to keep it "mine" elsewhere.
Gary, I wish I could wait to show before and after together, but I will probably forget the fine details by the project is done. Your photos have been a major help to me and I am glad you are out there to share them, Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:56 PM   #20
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I use the blog format too. I update it every few days so that the readers stay interested and try to post photos to demonstrate what I have done. I make it a point to show all my mistakes too. I find that it helps people learn what not to do as well as how to succeed. The response to my blog has been very positive and I hope I can keep it going in a direction that inspires others. I, like Steve, have zero advertising on my blog, and plan to keep it that way. I had originally wanted to use the forum as a documentation, but due to the heavy handed censorship I personally experience, I chose to keep it "mine" elsewhere.
Gary, I wish I could wait to show before and after together, but I will probably forget the fine details by the project is done. Your photos have been a major help to me and I am glad you are out there to share them, Thanks.
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I was going to mention that I check in on your blog too....but it is hard enough just spelling aluminium...but I do follow your work and hope all goes well. I only discovered the forums after most of my project was nearing completion, which was lucky for me as I would have spent way too much time rethinking the restoration instead of working on it.

I am guessing that once a person post their project in either a blog, website, or forum thread, it puts some pressure on the poster to get it done and get on to the next project. I guess that is both good and bad, depending if we make a big mistake or not along the way. Getting feedback is good also.

Then there is the competition factor that is present in the extreme makeover projects. There are some successful projects and then some that less so, and like a wreck on the highway, somehow we still have to look.

As i told yukiona and byamcaravaner, and sweetsoviernoftheroad, I enjoy the blogs as they seem more current, and if the subject matter varies to travel, family, rallies, other hobbies it is even better. the personnal web sites are good, if they are updated also.

So congratulations on your first (forum) before and after photos. I missed many chances to take more photos of mundane jobs that took hours and days to complete and now wish I could bore people with....like rebuilding the brass waste gate valve and replacing the rubber O rings and gaskets....oh, those were the days!
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:38 PM   #21
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... I am guessing that once a person post[s] their project in either a blog, website, or forum thread, it puts some pressure on the poster to get it done and get on to the next project. ...
I documented the as-restored configuration at my Overlander's web site.

Blogs, by nature, do appear to be time sensitive because each entry is date-stamped. Web pages, unless deliberately stamped, have no such mark. Restoration information at my site was posted after my Airstream had completed it's maiden voyage.

If I had not opened the main screen with "I acquired this American Classic in December of 2003 ...", many people, without thinking about it, would assume the listed information was generated recently.

A little off-topic, but my fried chicken webpage is almost six years old and I still get emails from people who appear to think I just posted the experience.

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Old 03-27-2008, 03:48 PM   #22
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...my fried chicken webpage is almost six years old and I still get emails from people who appear to think I just posted the experience.
Really! I was hoping to stop by for some left-overs.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:12 PM   #23
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Really! I was hoping to stop by for some left-overs.
Steve,

You should have come by for Easter dinner. I had leftovers!

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You should have come by for Easter dinner. I had leftovers!
Your killing me! That is some gooood look'in chick'in
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I just take lots of pictures which I post here and babble on about. I figure that there are many people who visit this site that are as clueless as I am about Airstream matters. Maybe they can learn something from all my mistakes. Pretty simple, eh?

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Old 03-28-2008, 09:02 AM   #26
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I'd love to hear your thoughts on what technique you use to document your Airstream restoration/renovation and why you chose that technique...
Thanks for the great contributions/sharing so far about your techniques for documenting your Airstream restoration/renovation. It doesn't matter whether or not you share your documentation with others...this thread is all about the documentation!

I personally like to have a "progress book" in my trailer to discuss things with other Airstreamers, so I have been using the technique of documenting text and photos in a MS Word document which I can then print out and keep in my trailer.

My long-distance friends and family are always clamoring for more photos and documentation so I'm now looking to branch out into using the internet. I work daily under pressure at my day job, so prefer to not have that pressure in restoration efforts -- hence the every looming date/timestamp of the blog doesn't seem very appealing to me. But, there are benefits to the date/timestamp with its underlying "just-enough-pressure-to-keep-me-moving" and there is something positive, fun and interesting about a blog when it comes to seeing snippets of non-Airstream things in the bloggers life. Hmmm...still thinking about and weighing options...
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My long-distance friends and family are always clamoring for more photos and documentation so I'm now looking to branch out into using the internet.
Among other things, I look at my blog as a time saver. As I progress, I jot down my thoughts and experiences via the blog and friends and family can "tune in" on occasion and see how things are going. They can even comment as they desire.

They are very easy to set up and post to. You can access and post from any web connected computer or other web device.
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:34 AM   #28
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Hey Yuki,
Could it be that inlaws have offered to visit and may not realize there are five trailers in the yard? A blog or web page may be a good way to keep some of them at bay. (unless they have skills that can be put to work?)
It is five, right?

But really, all the work becomes a blur and it is rewarding to look back on some of the things that were not so much fun at the time, but have to be done.
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